Wei-Liang ChowMathematics professorWei-Liang Chow, retired Johns Hopkins...


Wei-Liang Chow

Mathematics professor

Wei-Liang Chow, retired Johns Hopkins University mathematics professor, died Thursday at his home in Parkville after several strokes. He was 83.

Dr. Chow, born in Shanghai, China, came to the United States when he was 16 to study at several colleges, including the University of Chicago where he received bachelor's and master's degrees. He received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 1936.

After teaching in China, he returned to the United States with his wife, the former Margot Victor, and began teaching at Hopkins in the late 1940s. He was chairman of the Mathematics Department for 10 years and retired in 1975.

An avid stamp collector, Dr. Chow published a catalog of Shanghai stamps.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by three daughters, Marian Michel of Kingsville, Margaret Buchwald of New York and Barbara Haldeman of Wayne, Pa.; two sisters in China; and seven grandchildren.

There will be no funeral, but the family will accept visitors at Dr. Chow's home tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jean W. Parker, who had been a librarian in Baltimore and Washington, died Aug. 4 of heart failure at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Bethesda. She was 81 and lived on Gibson Island.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Parker worked during the 1930s as a librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore and at the National Geographic Society in Washington. She is the widow of James Perkins Parker, who was a lawyer.

She was an accomplished tennis player and a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames.

A memorial service was to be held at 2:30 p.m. today at St. Christopher's by-the-Sea on Gibson Island.

She is survived by a son, Jonathan W. Parker of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Cynthia P. Cook and Jean P. Phifer, both of New York; and five grandchildren.

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